Youth Volunteer Corps
1025 Jefferson Street
Kansas City MO 64105
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 4729822
Mission Statement

We create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. 

CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Battey
Board Chair Mr. Jim Hise
Board Chair Company Affiliation Merrill Lynch
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Former Names
Youth Volunteer Corps of America
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

We create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. 

Background Statement

Since YVC was founded in 1987, our aim has been to inspire youth (ages 11-18) to develop a lifetime commitment to service while serving the unmet needs of their communities. All projects are designed to be challenging, rewarding, and educational; as well as to promote among youth a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity of their community.

YVC began as a youth-focused summer volunteer program in Kansas City, MO. Today, we have 34 Affiliate programs located in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada working on recruiting, managing, and educating youth for ongoing volunteer service-learning projects both throughout the school year and during summers. Most YVC programming is hosted by local community-based organizations (“Affiliates”) such as United Way, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, volunteer centers and Parks and Recreation departments. Our organization provides comprehensive services to these Affiliates, including exhaustive and ongoing instruction in youth empowerment best practices, best practices for educating youth on job skills and work readiness, development assistance, program evaluation, volunteer tracking, an annual youth leadership Summit, and awards to exemplary youth volunteers. To date, we have supported and inspired more than 300,000 youth, who have completed over 4.5 million hours of service.
Impact Statement


  1. In the 2016-17 program year, YVC supported 5,169 youth who served 107,434 volunteer hours, averaging 20.8 volunteer hours per youth.
  2. YVC is most proud of our efforts to recruit and engage more disadvantaged youth in volunteer service. We are thrilled to report that 2,114 disadvantaged youth participated in YVC during our 2016-17 program year.
  3. The 2016-17 program year was extremely successful. Youth Volunteers completed 3,723 projects at 626 nonprofit agencies.
  4. YVC started a headquarter-hosted initiative in the summer of 2017, with sites in Lawrence, KS and Topeka, KS. HQ-hosted sites allow YVC to ensure the highest level of model fidelity. Six additional sites - all in KS and MO - will be added in the summer of 2018. HQ-hosted sites will complement, rather than replace, the hosted model.
  5. In 2016, YVC conceptualized, created and launched the "Service Learning Library." This online resource provides service-learning lessons in dozens of issue areas that are in alignment with both YVC and national education standards. This resource will bolster the quality of our programming by providing our Affiliates with high-quality, ready-made lessons that foster interest, understanding, and impact among our Youth Volunteers.
  6. YVC continues to serve a diverse population. Last year the makeup of our youth volunteers was: White 48.4%, African-American 19%, Hispanic 14.8%, Asian 6.9%, Other 10.9% 
  1. We will continue to recruit Youth Volunteers, especially those who are not typically asked to volunteer. Our goal is to continue to significantly increase the number of disadvantaged Youth Volunteers in our program.
  2. YVC celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2017 and will launch a capital campaign to raise $5 million pledged over three years. The "We Can Do More" campaign will focus on changing lives, reaching more youth, and delivering more impact.
  3. Serve KC is an initiative aimed at engaging new volunteers and fostering a spirit of service in Kansas City. From February through May 2018, YVC plans on hosting a series of workshops convening members of the local business community, regional youth volunteers, educational partners and program facilitators to serve low-income, underserved populations in Kansas City.
  4. YVC seeks to better serve our young constituents through the development and launch of mobile interactive technology that allows them to track service hours, sign up for projects, share projects on social media, and connect with each other.
Needs Statement
  1. Partnerships with corporations, foundations and individuals to secure funding that allows us to sustain and grow core programs.
  2. Finding a funder to underwrite a YVC mobile interactive technology solution that can be used by the Youth Volunteers to sign up for projects, track hours, share on social media, keep them connected after graduation, etc. and that YVC programs and YVCHQ can use to collect data (number of hours, projects, volunteers, etc), track outcomes and impacts, stay connected to alumni, and secure funders;
  3. Secure funding for Serve KC, an initiative aimed at engaging new volunteers and fostering a spirit of service in Kansas City. Low income, underserved populations will be the primary beneficiary of this new program.
  4. Community partners who share YVC's interest in creating change through youth volunteerism.
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Buchanan
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As President and Founder of Youth Volunteer Corps, my vision for YVC is more of a challenge--a challenge for youth from all backgrounds to make a difference in their community through serving.

It is a vision that believes in the power, energy, and idealism of young people. YVC is not a program for youth, but a program that empowers youth. Youth can and want to make a difference in their community and YVC gives them an outlet for doing so.

Now here is the secret that I don't really tell our young volunteers –volunteering is not only good for society, but has immense potential to impact their own lives. Study after study shows that youth who volunteer go on to lead lives of service and philanthropy. Youth who volunteer in a high quality program like YVC learn: they learn job skills, career pathways, how to work within a diverse team, and they learn first-hand about the vexing issues we as a community face. YVC teenage volunteers make a difference in their community and YVC service makes a difference in them.

As YVC becomes more and more popular with today’s youth, though, we must not lose the diversity that is a hallmark of our program. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” YVC teams should represent the community. This includes having a volunteer corps that reflects all aspects of diversity, including, but not limited to: gender, socioeconomic status, and race. We at YVC look forward to breaking down any barriers that might stop any youth from finding the joy of serving. We address this challenge in large part by our AmeriCorps members placed with Affiliates around the U.S. AmeriCorps members receive special training to increase accessibility of programming to diverse populations and to recruit and retain diverse community members. With the support of YVC Headquarters, YVC programs are developing and implementing inclusion strategies based on best practices literature, and we expect that these efforts will make service a reality for record numbers of youth in the upcoming year.


A relatively recent addition to our programming, YVC now offers Youth Volunteers the opportunity to serve on YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB). IYAB is a group of 20 YVC members who focus on increasing youth service opportunities in their local communities and throughout the YVC network. More than 8,000 Youth Volunteers serve with YVC each year, and these IYAB members represent them.

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

IYAB expands networks connecting youth in cities like Calgary, Canada with rural youth in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Youth get immediate leadership experience, while the YVC staff taps into valuable insight from Youth Volunteers.

Long-Term Success

IYAB equips youth to become leaders in business and social enterprises. The program provides a unique experience for youth to serve on a board and advise a philanthropic organization, while giving youth opportunities to develop teamwork and leadership skills to prepare them for their future careers as socially conscious adults.

Program Success Monitored By

IYAB is monitored by YVC staff to collect opinions from youth, as well as advise them in their leadership development. Surveys are distributed to both Youth Volunteers and their program leaders on an annual basis for reflection and assessment.

Examples of Program Success

Currently, IYAB is a group of 20 YVC members who provide valuable insight to YVC staff and obtain valuable leadership skills for thier future.


Our fall Summit is the most anticipated program we provide. Last year, the YVC Summit received an overall rating of 4.79 out of 5 from our attendees. At the Summit, we offer YVC-specific training; general professional development; special awards for youth who reach service milestones; and the opportunity to share ideas, stories, and inspiration with others in YVC programs across the U.S. and Canada. Registration is greatly subsidized.

Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Voluntarism Promotion
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The Summit gets youth and staff fired up about service. They return to their communities as leaders and ignitors of community service. In 2016, 100% of participants reported feeling more connected to other youth volunteers and YVC staff.

Long-Term Success

Participants in the YVC Summit will increase volunteers, volunteer hours, and build connections that will allow them to continually increase the quality of their YVC program. 

Program Success Monitored By

Every workshop session, as well as the conference as a whole is evaluated by Summit attendees through written survey forms. The surveys measure facilitator, quality of ideas, relevance of topic, and overall content. Results and suggestions are discussed within a week of the Summit's conclusion in order to begin preparation with improvements and adjustments for the following year.

Examples of Program Success

Last year, Summit attendees gave the Summit an overall rating of 4.79 out of 5, with 96% feeling as though they got new ideas from others they can now use in their communities.


Funding is the foremost concern when launching a new program, and YVC sustainability depends on it. From laying out a preliminary plan at our initial site visit, to providing YVC-specific grant templates, access to fundraising consultants and ongoing notifications of pertinent opportunities, we are committed to helping our Affiliates establish and implement a comprehensive, diverse funding strategy.

Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Fundraising
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Our fundraising guidance program offers immediate consultation on fundraising needs for our Affiliates. Although this program’s long-term goals are to develop skills in our Affiliates that will allow them to conduct their own fundraising, we provide help as requested for implementation of immediate fundraising needs.

Long-Term Success

With our support, our Affiliates will have the skills and confidence to fundraise for their YVC programming. 

Program Success Monitored By

Our Affiliate Services Coordinator surveys Program Directors, on an ongoing basis, allowing us to determine the success of our programs and focus on areas of improvement.

Examples of Program Success

YVC provides Affiliates with development plan templates and calendars and training on how to use them. YVC of Greater Philadelphia program director Greg Lynch recently wrote, "Thank you for the incredibly helpful tools. I have started using them and feel confident that this plan will lead to success."  YVC also provides a "Grant Matrix" to Affiliates that provides them with grant opportunities for their geographic and program focus areas. The matrix includes grant contact info, funding guidelines, deadlines and helpful hints in grant writing. 

Description YVC Headquarters provides comprehensive training to all new and ongoing Affiliates through quarterly training sessions. Training is provided both on site and in Kansas City at YVC's office. This critical component of our service delivery ensures fidelity and program standards across the network and that our Youth Volunteers are experiencing high-quality service-learning when they participate in YVC. 
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success of the Affiliate Training Program is measured by the number of projects completed, number of Youth Volunteers engaged, diversity of Youth Volunteers, average hours per Youth Volunteer, and number of agencies served in year one.
Long-Term Success Long-term success would be that each and every YVC Affiliate is consistently adhering to all 8 program standards and that a YVC experience in Alpena, MI, would look very similar to the YVC experience in Portland, OR. Annual evaluation of all Affiliates is conducted by YVC Headquarters. 
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by an annual Affiliate evaluation conducted by YVC Headquarters. The evaluation tool is a survey, interview and statistics review.  Results are tabulated and a customized improvement action plan is created from these results. Due to our customized training and evaluation, a record 13 Affiliates achieved "Gold" status, scoring 90+ on their annual evaluation.
Examples of Program Success One of YVC's strongest new Affiliates is YVC of Greater Philadelphia. After participating in the Affiliate Training Program, YVC of Philly engaged 283 youth (100% disadvantaged) in 5,194 hours of community service during 234 projects, earning a "Gold" rating in its first full program year.
CEO Comments

YVC has matured into an international initiative. It is the only program to provide volunteer opportunities to middle school and high school youth in a diverse team setting with specific guidelines for service-learning, reflection and evaluation that adheres to national standards of service. The key to YVC’s success is collaboration as we join forces with autonomous Affiliates. These community-based organizations—such as United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, parks and recreation centers, school districts and YMCAs—deliver YVC programming from their local sites.  By utilizing autonomous,  existing Affiliates, we maximize impact and have an enormous opportunity to tap into structures that are already in place.  One challenge, however, is to find host organizations that have the monetary  resources necessary to start a YVC program in their community.  To assist in removing financial barriers to potential Affiliates, YVC HQ seeks grants for Affiliate expansion, and HQ-hosted sites.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. David Battey
Term Start Jan 1987
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000

As President and Founder of YVC, David Battey oversees YVC HQ programming. David is a nationally recognized leader in the community service and youth development fields.

As a political economy major at Williams College, David developed the initial YVC concept as part of his senior thesis. Using the thesis as a guide, he established the YVC of Greater Kansas City, sponsored by the local United Way. After operating the program for two years, David collaborated with Youth Service America to begin replicating the YVC model with seed funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Within time, David was able to launch YVC as an independent nonprofit.

David was one of 25 recipients for the first annual Kansas City Up and Comers Award in 1992, served on the Points of Light National Conference Host Site Committee in 1995, and in 2013 was selected as one of the “Kindest Kansas Citians” through the Kindest Kansas Citian Program.

In his free time, David enjoys traveling. He has visited nearly 100 countries, but his favorite places are those off the beaten path such as Barrow, Alaska; Afghanistan; Cuba; North Korea; and rural Kansas.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Chief Executive Officer
Experience/Biography As CEO, Tracy works closely with David, the Board of Directors and staff to support the mission and vision of YVC. She supervises the YVC staff and their responsibilities, including Affiliate relations and support, financial activities, grants, marketing and public relations. She is responsible for evaluating services and activities provided by YVC. Tracy is passionate about the mission of YVC and has a strong desire to assist our YVC Affiliates to ensure sustained programs and growth. Before joining the YVC team, Tracy served seven years as Vice President for Miller Management, which serves over 400 nonprofit organizations. For 11 years prior to that she held various management positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Tracy holds a B.S. in International Business from Northwest Missouri State University. She and her husband Kendell have two teenage children.
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 71%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

The YVC model is heavily premised on collaboration. Most YVC Affiliates operate as programs in existing nonprofits such as the YMCA, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, or Parks and Recreation Departments. YVC also partners with America's Promise, the Points of Light Foundation, Youth Service America, and the Corporation for National and Community Service in other youth service efforts. Additionally, we collaborate with school to ensure the service-learning programming we offer compliments what youth are already learning in the classroom. Finally, we collaborate with hundreds of nonprofit recipient agencies to help meet their needs with the help of youthful, enthusiastic volunteers.

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

YVC Headquarters staff is the strongest it has ever been. The team includes a Director of Development, Director of Marketing, Affiliate Services Coordinator, Community Impact Leader, Office Manager and Special Projects Coordinator, CEO and President/Founder. In addition, YVCHQ is currently utilizing four AmeriCorps VISTA members to initiate HQ-hosted YVC programs in new communities in Kansas and Missouri. We are excited about YVC’s future with this team in place.


Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jim Hise
Company Affiliation Merrill Lynch
Term Feb 2015 to Feb 2018
Board Members
Mr. David Battey President and Founder, Youth Volunteer Corps
Mr. Tristen Caudle Student
Ms. Vicki Clark Building the Capacity of Organizations
Ms. Cathi Duchon President and CEO of Ann Arbor YMCA
Ms. Peggy Dunn Mayor of Leawood, Kansas
Mr. Jim Hise Merrill Lynch
Ms. Lisa Hoffman PR Consultant at Hoffman Rinehart and Associates, LLC
Ms. Stephanie O'Connell BioMarketing
Ms. Margi Pence Community Volunteer
Ms. Elizabeth Potterf Student
Ms. Laurie Sepanski YVC of Hampton Roads
Mr. Mark Tatum Attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Ms. Melanie Tucker Vice President-Finance at JE Dunn Construction Group
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 87%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments

YVC HQ seeks to diversify its Board by finding members who are of different ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, geographic backgrounds, and genders. 

Fiscal Year Start Apr 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Mar 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,176,500
Projected Expenses $1,107,200
Form 990s
2016 YVC 990
2015 YVC 990
2014 YVC 990
2013 YVC 990
2012 YVC 990
2011 YVC 990
2010 YVC 990
2009 YVC 990
2008 YVC 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 3/31/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 3/31/2014: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$273,480$215,632$78,808
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,386$1,369$1,737
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$15,000$20,254$15,227
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$614,801$574,858$369,089
Administration Expense$48,074$50,554$67,158
Fundraising Expense$58,798$49,080$79,010
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.200.64
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%7%36%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$799,814$802,677$647,042
Current Assets$515,798$762,750$609,065
Long-Term Liabilities$0$29,000$0
Current Liabilities$29,166$19,975$26,499
Total Net Assets$770,648$753,702$620,543
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.6838.1922.98
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%4%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $273,480 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $129,713 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $70,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

In 2017, YVC received a $1,000,000 grant from Sunderland Foundation which is payable over two years. This fund is to be used to increase the number of construction-related projects throughout the YVC network.

In 2014, Donald J. Hall Sr. established the Adele Hall Joy of Serving Fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, in honor of his wife Adele who was YVC’s past Board Chairman. This $2 million fund is exclusively for the benefit of YVC’s Headquarters based in Kansas City and YVC of Greater Kansas City.

We will continue exploring long-term corporate partnerships with companies based in Kansas City and elsewhere as we work toward growing every aspect of our donor base.

Organization Name Youth Volunteer Corps
Address 1025 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 4729822
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Battey
Board Chair Mr. Jim Hise
Board Chair Company Affiliation Merrill Lynch
Year of Incorporation 1987
Former Names
Youth Volunteer Corps of America